Information Technology is lifeline of most organizations today, and as such a disrupted information system can cause your company to lose market share and eventually bring it to its knees. 94% of companies without a tested crisis plan go out of business after a severe loss of service for two weeks or more. We are so bound as a global community that a disaster in a single major city results in significant ripple effects around world.
Cyberterrorism, weather direct or indirect, is an issue all businesses should anticipate and arrange for backup plans. Depending on size of company, backups of backup plan may need to be considered.
Politically charged events frequently unleash a nest of virus', worms and Trojan horses on Internet, and with increasing intensity. In one day, current Nimda virus generated one hundred times traffic that code red virus took three days to do.
A group setup by federal government to counter Cyberterrorism released a report stating that "A personal computer and a simple telephone connection to an Internet service provider anywhere in world are enough to cause a great deal of harm. The right command sent over a network to a power generating station's control computer could be just as effective as a backpack full of explosives, and perpetrator would be harder to identify and apprehend."
To protect your business in event of a disaster you need to identify mission critical information streams that need to be protected. This may include both print material and computer hardware and software.
BACKUP YOUR DATA
Minimizing loss of valuable documents or data can be accomplished quite easily by performing regularly scheduled backups. It is absolutely essential that OFF-SITE copies of backups be kept. This will assure quick recovery from disasters.
Backups may be done using a variety of medias, such as, floppy disks , zip disks, re-writeable cd's, and removable hard drives. The type of media you use will depend on quantity of data being stored.
Larger companies may also consider installing "mirror" servers, which allow same real time information being kept in different locations. Consideration should also be given to outsourcing applications to ASPs (Application Service Providers) which have mirrored data centers.
Any paper documents which are considered critical should also be backed up with help of a scanner and stored off-site. Myriads of paper documents were strewn all over New York following WTC disaster. Many of organizations and companies affected have no idea of what they have lost or even how to recover missing files. Some of which have irreplaceable information and signatures.
A good anti-virus software is essential in your counter terrorism arsenal. It will offer continuous protection and automatically scans all file inputs, outputs, downloads, program executions, and other system-related activities to help prevent virus penetration. If a virus is discovered, you will have option to clean or delete infected file.